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German company joins in Mac cloning efforts

updated 04:50 pm EST, Wed February 4, 2009

German Mac clones

Another Mac clone builder has appeared in spite of questionable legality, a publication reports. Based in Germany, a company known as HyperMegaNet UG has begun selling the PearC line, on which shoppers can have Mac OS X Leopard installed, or alternately Windows Vista or XP. The line is divided into Starter, Advanced and Professional models, with base prices ranging from €499 to €1,499.

Buyers can further customize the systems with a variety of options, such as CPUs varying in speed from a 2.2GHz E2200 to a 3.2GHz Core i7 965, and graphics cards ranging from a GeForce 7200GS to a GeForce 9800GTX Plus, equipped with 2GB of video memory.

The debut comes amidst intense resistance to cloning from Apple, which notes that the end-user agreement for Mac OS X Leopard explicitly prevents the OS' installation on third-party hardware. Its chief opposition has been Psystar, which has not only been sued for building Mac clones but has filed a countersuit, accusing Apple of abusing copyright to block competition. The latter also recently chastised Wired for posting a video guide teaching viewers how to install Mac OS X on a netbook.




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  1. lkrupp

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +2

    This will be dealt with..

    Moshe has been dispatched.

  1. Guest

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -2

    GOOD!

    Serve Apple right.

    By neglecting the Mini and not offering that "midtower" that everyone wants.. You know, that machine BETWEEN the iMac and the Mac Pro, people are forced to become inventive.

    I, myself, will be building a Hackintosh in a home theater PC case since Apple clearly has no intention of updating the Mini.

    And until Jobs himself comes to my house and tells me I need to stop using my Hackint0sh HTPC, I will bask in the glory of a machine that is cheaper and more feature-packed than the poor, old, neglected Mini.

  1. aaalexxx

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +11

    What you didn't write

    What you didn't write is that the Apple's license agreement is not valid in Germany (and other european contries) which means that it is impossible for Apple to disallow anyone to buy an official Mac OS X, install it on a PC and sell it. That's why HyperMegaNet (what a stupid name!) only sell the PearC (stupid name again) only to Germany, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Greece, Ireland, Luxembourg, Italy, Netherlands, Austria, Poland, Portugal, Sweden, Spain and the UK.More Info here: https://www.pearc.de/faq.php

  1. Geobunny

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +4

    That name!

    I knew I'd heard the name HyperMegaNet before! It was Homer Simpson's internet business - Compu Global Hyper MegaNet.

    Paragraph 3 of the plot outline on Wikipedia:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Das_Bus

  1. LeoNobilis

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -4

    Company???

    That's no "German company"! That's a team of slum-oriented opportunist idiots that incidentally live in Germany! And their "business" is as much a "business" as is selling cheese in a bazaar.

  1. LeoNobilis

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -6

    Company!? What "company"?

    That's no "German company"! That's a team of slum-oriented opportunist idiots that incidentally live in Germany! And their "business" is as much a "business" as is selling cheese in a bazaar.

  1. Guest

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -3

    Do I understand correctly

    Let me see if I understand this. Apple has no standing in the EU -- their license agreement is not valid, as someone writes -- yet the EU courts can REQUIRE Apple to comply with their whimsy? The EU oligarchy can knock Apple all over the place and Apple has no way of fighting back? What happened to copyright laws there? Come on, people. What's wrong with this picture? What kind of perverse logic is at play in Europe? If this is true, there's only one important question left: Why is Apple still even interested in Europe as a market? They should leave the EU ASAP and take not only their hardware, but also the wonderful Mac OS X that seems to be so coveted and yet not respected. This is as bad as Asia. Shame on you, EU.

  1. Guest

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    No, You Don't Understand.

    The copy of OS X is legally purchased from Apple. The EULA (which is not even worth the paper it's printed on) is not valid in the EU. Someone picks up on this, and starts a business building PC's, installing and including that legally purchased copy of OS X.

    Look at that - no copyright violation!

    Update the mini, release a mid-range tower, and the argument that there's no need for this business hold a little more water -- but only barely. As long as Apple sells a full installation of OS X by way of retail (no serial number required from your Mac to prove yourself worthy to give Apple your money), limiting it's installation only to Mac hardware is, at best, a fool's errand.

    Time for people to stop making excuses for a company that dictates what you can run on your PC.

  1. Bobfozz

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    The Mac Mini

    What is your problem pal? Does not liking something Apple is doing or not doing entitle YOU to do whatever you want? Not really. Whatever is or is not going on in Europe (those commissions often are loaded with people who couldn't get a job doing anything else) has no bearing on you if you are in the USA.
    And coming up with the ignorant comment that the EULA is not worth the paper it is printed on completely escapes the logic of legal agreements and contracts in this country.
    Go play with your Mac mini, most of us prefer a beefier machine you unadulterated cheapskate. That's what it's really about... you are cheap and want something better (OS X) for nothing. Go get one of the 7 versions of Windows 7 and play pattycake with yourself.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    re: the mac mini

    Go play with your Mac mini, most of us prefer a beefier machine you unadulterated cheapskate.

    So what you're saying is that if you buy a mac mini, you're a cheapskate? We should be sending as much money as possible to Apple?

    Oh, and if i read his comments correctly, he doesn't have a mini. He built his own hackintosh, which is the beefier machine you prefer, but at a lower price. What isn't he getting? Oh, the fancy case and support (and Apple used to be so good support wasn't even a concern - ah, the good ol' days).

    That's what it's really about... you are cheap and want something better (OS X) for nothing. Go get one of the 7 versions of Windows 7 and play pattycake with yourself.

    What's your problem? You're opposed to people wanting a computer system that meets their needs, rather than having to try to fit their needs into the cubbyholes that Apple believes everyone should fit into?

    And no one ever claimed they want OS X for nothing. They just don't want to spend $1500 for a machine with no expansion and a built-in screen that one might not need, or $3000 for way too much power, but with the expansion they want.

    And don't you find it amazing how every other computer company has figured out how to make a 17" laptop for $1000, while Apple still tries to get people to get one for $2800. Or that they can't figure out how to put an express card slot into the 13" laptop. And this doesn't even count the whole "Well, if you want a desktop, you really want a computer with a built-in monitor".

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